If I haven’t said this already, I’m a huge fan of pumpkin beer. There is just a natural harmony that exists with beer and spices and warmth. It is a delicate mix, however, because too much pumpkin and the beer styles get lost, and too little is disappointing.
My favorite, up to this point, has been the Shipyard Pumpkin Ale. I liked it because in addition to the pumpkin flavor, it was infused with nutmeg and cinnamon with a lovely spice.
So, when I saw a new pumpkin ale come out from the Brooklyn Brewery, I had to try it. I wanted to see it it would be in the same league. I’ve never tried anything the Brooklyn Brewery has put out. This is probably because their packaging is very baseball-ish, and they aren’t very readily available in New England. But the Post Road Pumpkin ale has a beautiful label with a New England colonial feel… very different.
When I opened it, the smell was definitely of pumpkin spices. This is a good sign in my eyes because when I can smell that it is different than beer, they likely haven’t gone the “subtle” route. On tasting it, I was really happy! They went the well-balanced route, and succeeded brilliantly! I have to say that this might surpass the Shipyard as my favorite pumpkin ale. The Shipyard is a little bit more malty/syrupy and is heavier (it almost encourages you to drink it warm..) but this Post Road was perfect, I could have it at any time of day. Clean flavor that is very complex – in a word, awesome!
To sweeten it up, you can even rim a glass with maple syrup, then dust it with cinnamon/sugar. A lovely autumn treat. Pick it up and bring it to Thanksgiving dinner. You won’t regret it!